A DAY IN THE LIFE OF GREENIE
WE TALK BAND LIFE, FUJI ROCKS AND RECORDING IN IBIZA WITH VANT DRUMMER GREENIE
Posted: 8 June 2018
How did you get into being a session musician?
I got into session playing after a band I was the drummer for called ‘Detroit Social Club’ broke up. We had a record deal with a major label, released an album and did the touring/festival circuit worldwide for 3 years. Things didn’t work out for us in the end and the band was dropped by the record company pretty suddenly. It was one of those situations where you have to go back to the drawing board and think what the next step or is there even a next step? Just as I was about to start looking for a mediocre job I was approached by 3 different artists at the same time who had seen me with Detroit Social Club, really liked my playing and asked if I would record or tour with them. That was 8 years ago and the work has kept coming in ever since.
What is a typical day like for you?
If it’s a studio session day I will have a listen to what tracks I am working on that day and write any notes/charts etc. I spend the rest of the day recording and usually just eat and sleep once I am finished.
A touring day will again usually start with a run and meditation, then if there’s time for a visit to a local gallery, cafe, museum or something cultured I do that before soundcheck. After soundcheck I have a few hours to grab some food or go for a meal, get back to the venue and warm up for 45 minutes on a practice pad, do stretches, play the show then hotel to relax and sleep or hang out with any friends that might be at a show.
If it is a day at home I always try to do at least 2 hours of drum practice and come up with ideas for say a new drum video or general drum type projects I can work on. I also teach drums when I am not touring so days can be filled with lessons and lesson planning.